Tom Kubik
Photographer, New York
Military aircraft mechanic turned Award winning portrait photographer, Tom Kubik brings a deep breadth of life experiences and empathy to his photography in order to evoke intimate, honest moments that portray the infallible beauty of real human nature.
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Military aircraft mechanic turned Award winning portrait photographer, Tom Kubik brings a deep breadth of life experiences and empathy to his photography in order to evoke intimate, honest moments that portray the infallible beauty of real human nature. With projects such as working in prison reform, East African project documentation, and domestic voices of social change, his mission is primarily to cast light on the unique characters and stories that are shaping our future.
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The Pursuit of Happiness
I’m Constantly Checking Myself
I recently moved to New York four months ago. I noticed that I’ve been running away from myself. Everyday has its challenges; I don’t get up and meditate everyday though I know I’d be happier if I did. The fact that I recognized that I’m running away from myself is a step towards getting back on track. Constantly checking yourself is important. #happiness #selfawareness
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Remember the Impermanence of Everything
Buddhism will tell you happiness is defined by the absence of suffering, which resonates with me. The less time I can spend feeling anxious or out of place, the more I can feel happy. For me, cultivating happiness comes down to recognizing the impermanence of things. I try to remember that things change, and I recall five times I was happy and five times I was sad. #happiness #change #selfawareness #peace
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Productivity
The Four Agreements
One of the most influential books I have read that helped me in every aspect of my life is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. He lays out four simple principles, which if you can master, you’ll be able to walk through the world lighter, understand yourself and how you fit in the world around you. #books #selfawareness #inspiration
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Books To Connect With the Universe
Some books that have helped me find my purpose, be comfortable with myself and the universe is The Book by Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. Alan Watts’ book helped me feel comfortable with the impermanence of everything and my relationship to it. Eckhart Tolle’s book helped me be more present in the moment and feel like there’s nothing else but what we’re living in the moment. #harmony #mindfulness #bepresent #books
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Money, Society & Status
Political Diversity and Social Media
A year and a half ago, there was a lot of political diversity going on from where I’m from in Ohio. I found myself saying mean things to people I love on social media. I realized when I see them in person, I feel them as a person. If we can distance ourselves from identifying one another on our political stances and see each other as humans, we can love each other. #socialmedia #beinghuman #love #mindfulness
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Money, Society & Status
Dopamine, Serotonin and Technology
We have a reward system built into our body which is dopamine. Every time we get a notification on our phone we get a hit of that dopamine. Dopamine differs from serotonin in that there’s an addictive quality from dopamine and we can get a crash from it. Serotonin gives us a sustained level of happiness. #socialmedia #happiness
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Money, Society & Status
Human Interactions Get Lost in Social Media
I heard recently that receiving a text for condolences does nothing for your emotional center. Picking up a phone call is like receiving a hug from someone. Something chemical happens when we interact on a human level, which gets lost in social media. #socialmedia #beinghuman #love #mindfulness
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Money, Society & Status
Mixed Feelings Around Social Media
I have a mixed relationship with social media; sometimes I want to get rid of it all together and times when I can see the impact it can make. The way it can organize people around a common cause is a powerful tool. #socialmedia #change #inspiration
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Productivity
Failure Is a Huge Win
One thing that I didn't do a lot of growing up was surrounding myself with people that were already doing the things that I wanted to do. So, I was never really encouraged to go out there and be with people who were already doing these things. I just kind of had to stumble into it and hope for the best. With that, I think that there comes this thought of, well, I can't do that. I mean, he's doing it, but I can't. Well, why not? There's no difference. The only difference is that that person has actually went out and tried. And there's a really good chance that that person failed many, many times before they became the person that they are. In fact, I look a failure as a huge win, because I've never learned anything from anybody patting me on the back and telling me I did a good job. I've never been a better person because of that. All of the big growth moments I've had in my life have come from times when I've failed really hard and picked myself up, or I've had people around me who have looked at me and said, you're better than them. You can do better. Surrounding myself with people who are also driven by purpose, and are willing to be honest with me, reflect my true self back at me and encourage the ways in which I want to be better, and discourage the ways in which I'm not being my best, all of those things help me get started when I know that there's going to be something difficult ahead.
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Productivity
My Best Kinds of Mentors
Going off the idea that we don’t know anything, it makes sense to surround ourselves with people who know something we don’t. I find the best mentors are people going through something similar to me. The most influential people in my life are my friends, because I can draw off their expertise knowing they’re not far removed from me. #mentor #drive #inspiration
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Productivity
One Moment of Forced Action
My girlfriend said to me the other day when I jumped out of bed, she said, "I don't understand how you can just "spring out of bed like that every morning." And it was a funny thing to hear because I've never thought of myself as a morning person. And I just said, "Many years of practice." But what that comes down to really is willpower. Hating the idea of getting out of bed is different than getting out of bed. So do I like to get out of bed? Absolutely not. Do I get out of bed? Yes, because I know once I'm on my feet, I'm not getting back in bed. So all it takes is just one moment of forced action to create this snowball effect where things start happening in your favor. I often remind my friends when they tell me that they can't do something that there was one point in their life where they couldn't even hold the drool in their mouth, and now they speak in full sentences most of the time. So I think when it comes down to getting the ball rolling when you're having a hard time, it's really just about forcing yourself to make that one step and also recognizing that nobody was great at anything when they started. Everybody starts as an amateur, and that goes for anything we do, whether it's flossing, which I still have a hard time with, or if it's getting out of bed, or it's being a photographer, or it's being president of the United States. All of those things started with somebody who had to make the first step.
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Discovering Photography: Part 4
There’s a story about a man who hit his head on the bottom of a pool when he was drunk and fell unconscious. When he woke up from a coma, he could play the piano like a master though he never touched one before. It turns out he had master piano players in his lineage. I’ve always been a math and science person but I took a writing and drawing class in college. The combination of those two classes switched something inside my brain, so I decided to give photography a shot. #lifepurpose #path #creativity
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Discovering Photography: Part 3
When I was deployed after September 11, I photographed moments I felt were significant. Before this was a word, I had pilots in astronaut suits take selfies with my SLR camera 70,000 feet above the earth. The smallness and stories that I felt seeing this images planted the seeds to becoming a photographer. #lifepurpose #path #creativity
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Discovering Photography: Part 2
I joined the military at age 19 years in April 2001. By the time I finished basic training, September 11th happened. When I was deployed to the Middle East, a whole new world opened for me; the way I interacted with people in these countries were different than what I was told I was supposed to feel about them. I realized how similar we all are. #lifepurpose #path #creativity #beinghuman
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Discovering Photography: Part 1
I discovered photography when my mom took me to Disney World at age 9. I was obsessed with getting a picture of every Disney character who signed my autograph book. That was the first time I felt the need to tell stories. #lifepurpose #path #creativity
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Don’t Dwell on Right or Wrong Decisions
I always try to remind myself that I don’t know everything. When I’m successful in understanding that I’m a part of everything, I feel like my purpose opens up for me. Another important aspect of finding your purpose is to not dwell on what’s right or wrong. The only wrong decision is indecision. #lifepurpose #path #actions
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Asking Questions, Coming to Difficult Realizations
In order to begin examining what our purpose is, we have to be able to ask difficult questions and come to difficult realizations. Two realizations are that we don’t know anything and that we’re already dead. We’re all limited by our own personal experiences. Whatever we know is such a small percentage of what actually exists, so why not ask more questions? #lifepurpose #purpose #curiosity
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Remember That We Are All The Same
When you start looking at yourself as everything, purpose becomes automatic. What do I live for? I live for everything, because I have to. Whatever my energy is, it’s going to continue on in many other forms once my vessel is gone. Our purpose is to try to remember that we are all the same. That allows us to react with love and kindness, allowing us to all heal. #lifepurpose #purpose #beinghuman #humanexperience
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Facing Negative Feedback
As long as I’m coming from a place of love and kindness, any negative feedback I’m getting is likely because of something that other person is holding onto. I try to remember that when I feel anxious, it’s generally not about me. #anxiety #selfawareness #lovingyourself
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The Cloud Is Perfect As Is
I feel most anxious when I forget that I don’t have to be measured against others. There are times when I start to compare myself against others but then I think back to Alan Watts. My favorite quote of his is: when you look up at the clouds you never think a particular cloud doesn’t look like a cloud. It’s perfect the way it is. All I can be is the person I am. #anxiety #stress #selfawareness #lovingyourself
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
My Metaphorical Suicide
When I moved to San Francisco at age 28, I was fresh out of a divorce and felt like I could not get any traction in the world. I woke up one day at age 29 feeling like there was a tremendous weight over me that I would never be able to climb out of. What came out of that was a metaphorical suicide. I said to myself when I wake up tomorrow, I’m going to be a different person. #depression #divorce #SuicidalThoughts #escapingarut
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The Role of Religion
Shifting Views on Organized Religion
After my views started shifting towards a universal sense of being, my attitude towards organized religion changed in the way that I had a lot of respect for it. It allowed me to feel connected to something bigger than myself. #beliefs #institutions #religion #spirituality #connection
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The Role of Religion
You Are the Universe
I was reading about Alan Watts and his theories of Taoism and Buddhism, including a lot of books about quantum physics. Reading about the oneness with everything made me realize that you are the universe experiencing itself. Those ideas resonated with me and made me feel a huge sense of relief. #beliefs #beinghuman #harmony #balance #mindfulness
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The Role of Religion
Coming Back to Religion: Part 3
After eight days of going to mass and crying constantly, I found that once I surrendered to the idea that I have no control and all I can do is be a good person, things started falling in place for me. I stayed strong in Catholicism for a year and a half. #religion #churches #beliefs #good
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The Role of Religion
Coming Back to Religion: Part 2
The first day I went to mass, I realized I lost touch with the faith of the way things operate in the world; there are highs and lows and we all achieve both. I went back to mass eight days in a row and cried everyday. During that time, no one came up to me. They let me be with myself and the rest of the universe, which is exactly what I needed in that moment. #religion #churches #beliefs #balance
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The Role of Religion
Coming Back to Religion: Part 1
One night I laid down and said tomorrow I’m going to learn how to be happy. The next day, I called everyone I knew in my life that was happy. One person that struck me was my friend Josh who converted to Catholicism three years prior. Being an atheist, I fought hard against the idea of Catholicism, but I remembered the commitment I made to be a happy person. #religion #churches #beliefs #happiness
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The Role of Religion
When I Denounced Religion
The first decision I’ve ever made that was counter to my intuition was to be confirmed in a methodist church at 12 years old. I felt an inauthenticity in my relationship to the church and so I separated myself from that theology and for ten years. #religion #churches #beliefs #institutions
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
You Are Suffering For the World
On the fourth day of my 10-day silent meditation retreat, I started feeling an intense heat coming down and felt all the feelings of suffering and pain from the world. In one intense moment, it all disappeared and a voice said to me, “you are suffering for the world.” I realized when we wake up in the morning, we all have a choice of whether we want to be happy or not. #harmony #mindfulness #meditation #humanexperience
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
What Remains The Same Is That Everything Changes
I had a strong urge to contribute positively towards humanity, so I took a 10-day silent meditation retreat. When you sit with yourself long enough, you foster a deep understanding over the fact that everything changes. My favorite metaphor is that when a man jumps in a river and comes up for air, it’s not the same river he jumped into and it’s not the same man that comes up. #harmony #mindfulness #meditation #change
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
My 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat
A year and a half ago I took a 10-day silent meditation retreat, which was a full thrust into meditation for me. Leading up to the retreat, I spent a lot of time wondering what I could do to help the world on all social issues. I had a newfound photography skill and wanted to use that to help contribute towards humanity. #meditation #harmony #peace #balance #bepresent
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Being In Touch With Our World
Sometimes you have a feeling that the whole world is working for you; every step seems right and everything you aspire to that day come into fruition. Being in touch with the world around you and feeling like a part of something bigger than yourself is harmony. #harmony #mindfulness #humanexperience
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